The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 929
Ocotber 12, 2009
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, W1TY, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4II, W5JON, KH6BZF, KL7JR, K8YSE, ND9M/MM, N0HJZ, AT International, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, HA0HW, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK8VRH, IZ7AUH, JE2EHP, JT1CD, OH5DX, Pete's- DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA1HZ, TA0U, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YS1GMV for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th-October, through Sunday, 11th-October there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3D2/c, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FR, FR/g, FT5W, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
3D2/C, CONWAY REEF (QRT)
The 3D20CR is now QRT as of October 8th. Last report is that the team made over 32k QSOs. QSL via DJ8NK, by the bureau or direct (new IRCs are OK, old IRCs with expiration date of "31 Dec. 2009" are "NOT" OK. QSL cards are most likely to be sent out in January 2010). For more details and possible updates, see their Web page at:
Tonno, ES5TV, will be active as 4O3A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Activity will be from Ranko, 4O3A, superstation. QSL via 4O3A, direct or by the LoTW.
4S, SRI LANKA
Operators Heinz/DL1IH and Salvo/DH7SA are expected to be active as 4S7AAG and 4S7SAG, respectively, during a holiday DXpedition sometime in October. Stay tuned!
Yoshi, JE2EHP, will be active as 4X/K1HP from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel between October 29th and November 5th. Activity will be on all the HF bands and 6m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL is via Bureau to his home callsign JE2EHP.
John, G4IRN, will be active as 5B/G4IRN between November 27-30th. Activity will include a CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via LoTW or via G4IRN.
5Z, KENYA (IOTA Op)
Operators Enrico/5Z4ES, Francesco/IK8TEO, Antonio/ IK8UHA and Anthonio/IK8VRH are planning to be in Kenya and activate two IOTA islands between February 10-20th (2010). Callsign will be 5Z0H (IK8VRH informs OPDX that this will be the only time [first time] the 5Z0 prefix will be used) and islands mentioned are Lamu Island (AF-040) and Wasini Island (AF-067). QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or direct to IK8VRH: P.O. Box 173, I-80016 Marano (NA), Italy. Visit the 5Z4H Web page at:
Just a reminder that Seb, F8IJV, will be on his honeymoon here between October 15th and November 1st. He plans to be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th). He will try to operate before and after the contest as 6V7Q on 160-6 meters, mainly on SSB and the Digital modes. He will be operating from Jean-Francois, 6W7RV, QTH in La Somone. QSL via F8IJV.
Jim, G3VDB, will be active 8Q7EJ from Vilamendhoo Island (AS-013) between now and October 25th. Activity will be holiday style and subject to hotel permission and local conditions. Look for operations on CW, RTTY, PSK31 and possibly SSB. He will use 100 watts into wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign.
Frank, CM2IR, informs OPDX that he is on 40 meters using BPSK31 on 7035 kHz (IOTA NA015 and GRID LOCATOR EL83tc). He is also on SSB around 7150 and 7170 kHz (times not provide). QSL via EB7DX, QSL Manager with 2 USDs or IRCs. QSL SENDING ONLY BY REQUEST!!!
Jim, W7EJ, will be active as CN2R during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via W7EJ. See the station from CN2R at:
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Mauri, OH2BYS, will once again be active as EA8CMX from Galdar, Isla de Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L0969), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (???) entry. He is testing wire yagis/beverages on lower bands. QSL via OH2BYS.
EA9, CEUTA AND MELILLA
A group of Spanish operators will be active as EE9Z during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as Multi-2 or Multi- Single entry. QSL via EA9LZ (QRZ.com). Operators mentioned are: Cristobal/ EA7RU, Jorge/EA7HZ, Jose/EA9CD, Enrique/EA9GW, Jose/EA9PY, Mariano/EA9LS and Jorge/EA9LZ.
EI, IRELAND (On the Bird!)
Marc, W4MPS, will be active as EI/W4MPS from County Cork between October 16-26th. Most of the time he will be in Grid IO52, although he may also travel to IO42 and IO51 (if the family ever lets him out of the pub). Marc states that he uses a FT-60R at 5 watts and an Arrow antenna on AO-51.
FS, SAINT MARTIN (Possible PJ7)
Craig, AH8DX, will once again be active as FS/AH8DX starting October 22nd. Activity will include the CQWW DX Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Operations outside of the contest will be on 160/80 meters CW and SSB. Look for 40 meters RTTY also. QSL via AH8DX direct or via LoTW. Craig may also be active as PJ7/AH8DX from St. Maarten.
FT/G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (QRT)
The FT5GA team is now QRT and is happy that the goal of 50k QSOs was reached by a crew of 5 operators with two and sometimes three stations. The FT5GA went QRT on October 7th (a day earlier than expected due to the military flight schedule). According to their Web page, they have made a total of 50427 QSOs with 15250 unique callsigns (24235/CW, 21080/SSB and 5112/RTTY). For updated details, visit the FT5GA Web page at:
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
A group of the contesters from Quito Radio Club will be active as HC8N from Isla de San Cristobal (SA-004, WLOTA L0094) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via W5UE.
HG0, HUNGARY (WFF Op)
This October, members of the Regionalis Radios Sportklub Puspokladany plan to start a year long activation of different Hungarian National Parks that qualify for the WFF program (see the Web page at: http://www.wff44.com/en ). The first event will take place from the Hortobagy National Park
Members of the Radio Club de Panama (HP1RCP) will be active during the 2009 JOTA event, October 17-18th, from Panama City, Panama, Colegio La Salle assisting Troop 4.
ID9N VIDEO AVAILABLE ON YOU TUBE!
Members of the Noantri DX & Contest Team that were active as ID9N from Vulcano Island (Eolian Group) (IIA ME-018, MIA MI-122, WLOTA 1001) in April, now have a video available on YouTube at:
INDIAN OCEAN GRIDS (On the Birds)
Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC, sailing toward Diego Garcia (VQ9) at about 27 knots, will be activating the following grids during the following AO-51 passes:
October 11th at 2258z - MI95 or MI96 (as ND9M)Jim will try to be active for AO-27 on Monday (October 12th/0757z) and Tuesday (October 13th/0906z). Those times are during his work schedule, and he may not be able to set up. Also, Jim "may" be active on SO-50 for very late passes Sunday (October 11th/1924z for MI96 or NI06) and Monday night (October 12th/1814z for MI73 or MI63). Jim is operating full duplex with an FT-897D (TX) and FT-817ND (RX).
October 12th at 1304z - MI84 (as ND9M)
October 12th at 2355z - MI63 (as either ND9M or VQ9JC)
October 13th at 1224Z - MI62 (as VQ9JC)
EU-038. Ben/DO1BEN and YL Barbara/DO1IQ will be active as PD/homecalls from Texel Island (WLOTA L0043) between October 16-22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands, propagation permitting. QSL via their home callsigns, the Bureau is preferred.
EU-054. Operators Raffaello/IT9ATF, Renato/IT9NPR, Pippo/IT9PPG, Antonino/IT9SAZ and Pino/IT9WDC will be active as IF9A from Favignana Island (IIA TP-011, MIA MI-025, WLOTA LH-1545), between October 24-25th, for the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Multi-Single entry. Activity will be on all bands and modes outside of the contest. QSL via IT9ATF, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-118. RARE IOTA! Operators Oscar/EA1DR, George/EC2ADN, Christian/ EA3NT, Col/MM0NDX and Bjorn/SM0MDG are planning a DXpedition to Flannan Isles (a extremely difficult island to land on) during sometime early/mid-June, 2010. Last activation was in 2002 (also in 1989 and 1995). QSL Manager will be M0URX. More details, the callsign and Web site will be forthcoming.
NA-036. Rob, VE7RSV, will be active from Vancouver Island (CISA BC001, WLOTA L0858) during the W/VE Islands QSO Party (October 17-18th). QSL via address on (QRZ.com).
OC-142. Ray, K9LUK, will be active as K9LUK/VK4 from Frazer Island between October 18-23rd. QSL via his home callsign direct.
SA-008. Orlando, PY2TJ, will be active as LU/PY2TJ from Isla Tierra Del Fuego (WLOTA L2448) between November 1-7th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via PT2OP, direct is preferred or by the Bureau.
SA-058. Members of the Grupo DX Caracas will be active as YW5F from Farallon Centinela Island between November 6-9th. Activity is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Caracas DX Group. Operations will be on 80-2 meters using CW, SSB and FM. QSL via DM4TI.
Jose, CT1DSV, will be active as J5S between October 12-18th (especially between October 17-18th). QSL via his home callsign.
J8, ST. LUCIA
John, W5JON, will once again be operating from the hilltop QTH overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Marigot Bay in St. Lucia, between October 20-30th. His callsign will be J68JA. Reference numbers are: IOTA NA-108 and Grid Square FK93. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (including 60m) on SSB. He will use an ICOM IC-7000, KL-400 Amp (350 watts) into the following antennas: Alpha Delta DX-LB and DX-EE Dipoles, and a 3 element yagi on 6m. Activity will also include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via W5JON. John adds, "As in the past, XYL Cathy/W5HAM will be very busy pool side."
JT1, MONGOLIA (EME Op)
Operators Jeremy/W7EME and Jim/K7YO are active on 2 meter EME from Mongolia as JT1UN and JT1UN/JT5, and also JT1YO and JT1YO/JT5 on 70cm, until October 14th. Activity will be from the JT1KAA HQ station of the Mongolian Amateur Radio Society. This operation will be the first Moon Bounce QSO from Mongolia. For more information, please visit:
KH4, MIDWAY ISLANDS (OC-030)
On Saturday, October 10th, the following press release was sent out from Tom, N4XP:
"The entire team is in Honolulu. On Thursday when the first members were to depart to Midway we were informed of a problem with the plane involving an oil leak. We were assured it was fixable. Friday several test flights were made that determined that the repairs were unsuccessful. We are frantically searching for alternative means. We discovered yesterday that there are no available planes on the island that are either certified to fly to Midway or large enough for us. We are negotiating with a company in California for a jet as well. The plane we originally chartered is about to take off on a test flight to determine if the repairs made overnight were successful. The team is not giving up and exploring ALL options to make this happen. Fish and Wildlife is being very supportive of our efforts but in no way will they extend the end date of our operation beyond the 19th due to the return of migratory species that have already begun to return early. We will update this website in 5 or 6 hours when the plane returns and is checked out. We are as frustrated as you."On Sunday, just before going to print, a statement on the KH4 Web page states, "(0400z) We have just learned our aircraft is in the air testing repairs made in the past 24 hours. We are anxiously waiting the results." For more details, updates, online log, frequencies and bios, go to:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For October 12-18th)
Oct 12 AN SOLAR REFERENCE Oct 13 AN --------------- Oct 14 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Oct 15 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Oct 16 AN LN - Low Normal Oct 17 AN Oct 18 AN GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE --------------------- QUIET - The "A" index is expected to be between 0-7 and the "K" index will be 2 or less UNSETTLED - The "A" index is expected to be between 7-16 and "K" index will be 3 or lessKH8, AMERICAN SAMOA
Gerhard, OE3GEA, will be active as MU/OE3GEA from Guernsey (EU-114, WLOTA L0013) between October 27-29th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and low power only. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
NYQP IS BACK! (After 25 years!)
The Rochester DX Association looks forward to your support and participation in the 2009 New York QSO Party. The event takes place Saturday, October 17th, starting at 1800z (2:00 PM Eastern) for 12 hours. Check out the NYQP Web page for complete rules, FAQ's, Software, Forum, County maps and Log submissions at:
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Look for OH0Z to be active once again in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Operators mentioned are: Juha/OH1JT, Timo/OH1NOA, Jouko/OH1RX, Timo/OH1TM, Ari/OH5DX, Tomi/ OH6EI, Timo/OH6GLE and Juha/OH6XX. QSL via W0MM.
PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Members and non-members of the Caribbean Contesting Consortium (CCC) will activate Signal Point Station on Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942) as PJ2T during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via N9AG or LoTW. Operators mentioned are: Geoff/W0CG/PJ2DX, David/G3NKC, Martin/G4XUM, Kyle/WA4PGM, John/K6AM, Wayne/K8LEE, Joe/W9JUV, Kelly/N0VD and Richard/N0YY. Operators will sign as PJ2/homecall before the contest on all bands and modes. QSL via their home callsigns. Visit the CCC Web site at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
TC1ELH via POB 73, Karakoy 34421, Istanbul, Turkey. There was activity by the TCSWAT from the Marmara Eregli Lighthouse (TUR059) during this past weekend. This was the first activation of the lighthouse. If you are interested in Lighthouse activities, please check the Web site for upcoming TCSWAT events and awards at:
QSLS VIA LOTW: 5W0VK and XV3RRC
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 6I7CQ, 6J2T, 7P8OK, A45WD, A61Q, EA9IB, T6AD, TO8YY, TU5JM, V51AS, XF4T, YS1MAE, Z29KM and ZK2V
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: EZ8BO, EZ10BO, EZ21BO, EZ75BO, EZ56BO, EZ60SB, EZ3A, EZ75R, EZ21A, EZ56V, EZ10A, EZ8CW and EZ8-001
Club members for the TRAC Istanbul Branch (TA1KB) will activate their new club station using the special callsign TC1IEM between October 16-18th, for the "Istanbul Eurasia Marathon". The race will take place on October 18th, and it is the only marathon race that starts from Asia and ends in Europe. Details about the race are on:
Siggi, TF3CW, has announced that he will be active in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) and the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entries. QSL via LX1NO.
TK, CORSICA (Contest and IOTA Op)
Paolo, IV3UHL, will be active as TK/IV3UHL during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via IV3UHL. He states that he will probably activate EU-164 before the contest. He is also looking for one more operator. If interested, E-mail him at: email@example.com
Salvatore, IK8UND, will be active as TK9R during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Assisted entry. Look for activity on CW and RTTY before the contest. QSL via IK8UND direct ONLY.
TX3, CHESTERFIELD ISLAND
Operators George/AA7JV and Tomi/HA7RY report on their Web page that last minute tests and preparations are under way for the TX3A operation to take place between November 23rd and December 6th. Equipment is being packed and weighed. They have both weight and capacity constraints, and they like to keep things simple. Many improve- ments have been made to the equipment (antennas and radios). They have also loaded and tested RTTY hardware and software. There will be RTTY on Chesterfield Island, if they make it there! Read their complete update at:
TX5, AUSTRAL AND MARQUESAS ISLANDS (Update)
Operators Les/SP3DOI, Jan/ SP3CYY, Wojciech/SP9PT, Jozef/SP9-31029 and Michel/FO5QB will be moving onto Nuku Hiva Island (OC-027) in the Marquesas Islands group between October 16-22nd. Callsigns will be TX5SPM. Remember, their goal is to make as many QSOs as possible, mainly with Europe on the lower frequency bands. If possible (propagation), they will also be working on all the higher bands. They are planning to be active on CW, SSB and RTTY (maybe PSK31). The QSL Manager for their DXpeditions is Wojciech, SP9PT. For more details and updates, go to:
Rich, N0HJZ, will be active as V31MW from Placencia between October 17-26th. Activity will be on all bands during his stay. He will also operate as V31MW during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Operator/All-Band/High-Power entry. Rich informs OPDX that he may be the only entrant on from Belize this year, so make sure you look for him. QSL via LoTW or direct with SASE.
VE2, CANADA (Zone 2)
Operator Yuri, VE3DZ, will once again be active as VE2IM from Sept-Iles, QC (Zone 2), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via VE3DZ. He will be there between October 21-26th.
Stuie, VK8NSB, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via VK6NE.
Operators George/K2DM, Peter/K3ZM, Glen/W4GKA and Jim/AD4J will be active as VP2MDG, VP2MZM, VP2MKA and VP2MIJ, respectively, from October 20-28th. The group will also be active as VP2MDG during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. Also, look for VP2MDG on 6m SSB and VP2MZM on 160m CW outside the contest. QSL to their home callsigns.
VP9, BERMUDA (NA-005)
Paul, W4/VP9KF (G4BKI), will once again be active as VP9KF from Baileys Bay, Hamilton Parish, between November 4-18th. Activity will only be CW on all bands. QSL via W4/VP9KF: Paul Evans, 6809 River Road, Tampa, FL 33615. Visit his Web page at:
VY1, CANADA (Yukon on 10 Meters!)
"Yukon John", KL7JR, informs OPDX that plans are underway for the activation of Jacquot Island ("new one" in Kluane Lake) before and during ARRL's December 10 Meter Contest (December 11-13th). John states, "Hopefully the lake will be frozen enough to allow me to drive out to it! Can't seem to get there in summer- hi hi!" Look for VY1RST to concentrate on 10 meters for the contest and 14.260 (main) for non-contest activities. QSL via KL7JR by the CBA.
LAST MINUTE ADD-ON: John/KL7JR and XYL Claire/WL7MY will be on 10-20 meters from Buckshot Betty's Cabins in Beaver Creek as VY1RST between November 19-23rd (before and during ARRL's November SS Phone Contest). E-mail for skeds at: KL7JR@Yahoo.com
W4, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
As part of National Wildlife Refuge Week
WORLD WIDE DXPEDITION TROPHY (by Strange Radio Team)
The Strange Radio Team presents the exclusive "WORLD WIDE DXPEDITION TROPHY" (WWDT) to the DXpedition of the year that provided the greatest interest to the ham radio world. The DXPEDITION is chosen from a yearly survey which is available in many ham magazines (both Italian and international) and on the Web at:
YJ, VANUATU (OC-035)
Tomas, VK2CCC, will be active as YJ0CCC between October 30th and November 5th. Activity will be limited, but operations will mainly be on 160/80 meters CW. Also, look for some activity on the new 60 meters band (5403.5 kHz USB). QSL via his home callsign, the bureau is preferred.
YS, EL SALVADOR
Members of the Club de Radio Aficionados de El Salvador (CRAS) will be active as YS1YS during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via YS1GMV. Operators mentioned are: Francisco/YS1FAF, Federico/YS1FEA, Mario/YS1GMV, Mario/YS1MAE, Jose/YS1MS and Florencio/YS1ZC.
Members of the Radio Club "Nikola Tesla" (Z37M) and the MDXC will be active as Z37M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via Z37M, by the Bureau or from the info on QRZ.com. Operators mentioned are: Ant/IZ8CCW, Pasquale/IZ8IYX, Dario/IT9SSI, Antonello/IT9YVO, Gianni/IZ8CGS, Alex/IZ8MOQ, Dom/IZ8JAI, Venco/Z36W and Chris/Z35X. Look for more details on the MDXC Web page at:
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